Former Panthers Earns NESCAC Coaching Jobs

July 21, 2010

Two former Middlebury graduates were recently named head coaches at fellow NESCAC institutions. Josh Shapiro '97 was named the head men's soccer coach at Tufts, while Amherst named Brian Hamm '02 its new baseball coach.

Shapiro has been an assistant coach at Georgetown University for the past three seasons. Prior to coaching at Georgetown under Brian Wiese for the 2006-09 seasons, Shapiro served other NCAA Division I coaching stints at American University, George Mason University, and Lafayette College from 2003 through 2005. He was a member of the 2005 Patriot League Regular Season Champions at American, and part of the 2003 Patriot League Champions and NCAA Tournament participants at Lafayette.

Shapiro a 1997 graduate of Middlebury College, where he was a four-year starter and captain as a senior. He played on three NCAA Tournament teams, including two that advanced to the round of 16.

"I know the NESCAC is one of the top, if not the top, athletic and academic conferences in the country," Shapiro said. "Having played and coached at Middlebury, I was excited about coaching at a place that values academics and athletics at equally high levels. With Tufts' strong reputation, I feel very confident that Tufts Soccer can become a highly competitive program at the national level."

Hamm, who spent last spring as the interim head coach at Amherst, will now officially take over the reins of the program.

"I am excited to serve the baseball program and our athletes as the head coach," Hamm said. "Our baseball program has a rich tradition that has been built by our alumni and lived out by our players and coaches," added Hamm. "To succeed Bill Thurston, a coach who dedicated his life's work to his players, the betterment of college baseball, and the College itself, is an honor and privilege. I hope that Bill's legacy will continue to live on in the way that our players and coaches wear the Amherst uniform." 

Prior to serving as Amherst's interim head coach, Hamm spent seven years in the NESCAC as an assistant coach after a four-year playing career at Middlebury College. Hamm arrived at Amherst for the 2005-06 academic year and served four years as Thurston's top assistant. For three years prior to arriving at Amherst he had been the assistant coach at Middlebury, where he graduated in 2002 as a two-sport athlete.

Hamm will also continue to serve on Amherst's men's soccer staff, with which he has specialized as a goalkeeper coach since 2005. Hamm was a three-year starter in goal for Middlebury, earning both all-conference and all-region honors twice and captaining the team in his senior campaign.